180-million-year dinosaur fossil excavated in SW China
Chinese archeologists have excavated fossils of a herbivorous dinosaur which
lived 180 million years ago at the slope of a 1,840-meter altitude mountain in
southwest China's Yunnan Province.
Started on June 2, the excavation is near
Guanglong village of Chengjiang County, where a local villager found the fossil
on May 14,
Chen Ailin, curator of Yunan Chengjiang animal fossil museum, said
that from the already-unearthed fossils, scientists concluded that the dinosaur
was more than 10 meters long, and 7 to 8 tons in weight when it was
The dinosaur had short forelegs and rather long hind ones, with slim
neck, very small head and a 5-meter long tail, all of which show that it had
lived in a swamp area rich with water grass, and transferred to mountain slope
after geological vicissitudes.
Chen said that his team will complete the
excavation within ten days, for part of the fossils have already rotted due to
Within the 5,000-square-meter area the dinosaur fossil
excavation place, at least three other dinosaur fossils were still underground,
said Chen, stressing that his team has already accelerated their "salvage
excavation" activities, for the herbivore fossils are more easy to be broken.